Persephone Restaurant

4.7
438 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Persephone Restaurant is a fine dining establishment focused on bringing the best and freshest ingredients Santa Cruz County has to offer directly to you. We are a Seasonal Kitchen meaning that we change our menu based upon whatever ingredients are locally seasonably available.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was unique and delicious. My husband had the duck soup and cod in parchment and raved about both, particularly the fish. He really liked the fish which was complemented by the leeks, chanterelles, and wild rice. I had the nettle soup, because I had never heard you can make soup from nettles! It was mild but the addition of pancetta real made it. The roasted butternut squash over lentils was delicious with the crunch of pistachios and slight tang of yogurt. Filling but not heavy.

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DavidV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful way to spend Valentine’s. Food and service were top notch as always. Only downside is the car noise from Soquel Dr a little louder than ideal.

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KevinH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal. Great service and great food. You can tell they are working hard to provide a great experience.

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JonathanK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We loved our dining experience. The food, champagne, and staff were wonderful. I'd up the attire of the serving staff though. For a fine dining experience, I'd expect more than bluejeans.

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SeanC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic locally-owned fine dining restaurant. A real gem in Aptos.

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vipToddbria
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good to see outdoor dining is back. Persephone has built a solid covered area with enough heaters to ensure we were comfortable. The selections and quality of the dishes continues to be stellar. We are very happy to support this fine restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was pretty cold outside in the tables not under the tent. Kinda loud too being exposed to the street next to it. Food was ok, nothing particularly noteworthy.

Prices seem a bit high for the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

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PaulD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

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Elizabeth
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, probably the best fine dining in Aptos! Dining outdoors on the patio during Covid restrictions felt very safe and well planned out. Two thumbs up for a wonderful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my birthday and it was lovely. The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and it was just a great time. Would definitely recommend!

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JillV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic family owned restaurant! Food is SO delicious!

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vipDDunn
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is amazing ! Love the friendly staff and outdoor eating.

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bread
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The outside view was beautiful, not to loud and very private. The food was very yummy, the appetizers weren’t to heavy that you would be full before the main course. The service felt very comfortable and the people were wearing their masks the entire time. It was a little pricey so be warned. But I would totally recommend if you are staying in Santa Cruz and you want to eat something fancy.

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AnnieH
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal with great service!

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BrettS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liked it so much I bought my parents a gift card.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner on the patio. The soup was nice and hot even though it was cold the heaters worked very well. We had a very romantic evening with delicious food! Thank you Persephone, we will be back.

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JamieH
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, touchless menu ,high ceiling and open windows make this place Covid friendly. Great wine list

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Superflysham
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our 16th wedding anniversary. We decided to try something different. I found this restaurant browsing local restaurant reviews and it had exceptional feedback. Our server was awesome and manager came out to greet us. We had the roast beef sandwich, Toscano chicken sandwich and the chicken soup was amazing. The cocktails were expensive and water down. Next time I wouldn’t get wine cocktail.

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SteveL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely go again. Food was delicious, and our waitress was lovely.

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vipNathanaelH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Cruz county. Every time we dine there, it has been spectacular. The food is so creative, with delightful flavors to entertain. The staff are wonderful. The outdoors dining space they've made is charming. Love this place.

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KellyN
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, perfect meal! Great small business was to support in Aptos

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PatrickJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Highly recommended. Quiet. Safe. Professional.

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JeffM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this family owned business. We ordered the short ribs which were excellent.

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Californian
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this restaurant. The food is delicious the service is good. Just glad to finally be able to dine out in the era of COVID

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coastalfoodie
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot for an outdoor lunch. The sandwich menu had a range of interesting selections and were reasonably priced. Tasty too. The outdoor area set up was great. It was all open and airy, but it felt like a room and not like you were sitting in a parking lot. The service was friendly and attentive. I plan to return!

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josieg
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Divine bread and special ingredients ie spicy mayo & pickled onions

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vipmikkyo
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor seating with amazing food and great service.

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Sarah
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was excellent! Their outdoor patio has great ambiance too!!

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ChristineH
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were in town for an anniversary getaway and were looking for a special place to have lunch... Persephone didn't disappoint! The covered outdoor patio is charming and quaint, service was super friendly and helpful, and the food was outstanding! We tried the watermelon gazpacho on a whim, and because it came highly rated, and it was literally the best thing we've ever tasted! We will be talking about that dish for years to come! We also shared the Toscano chicken sandwich and were amazed by the combination of flavors. Truly a talented chef!! The wait time from ordering to receiving our food was a little on the long side, but we didn't mind as it was a Sunday and wines by the glass were half off. We will definitely be back!

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vipTravelwise
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed the beet and peach soup was very good, the truffle pasta delicious and the strawberry panna cota was exceptional. The budino was not as good as I remembered from previous meals. The eggplant dinner was just average. The restaurant is doing their best to stay open during the pandemic and I try to support local businesses. One thing that annoyed me during the meal was the gravel laid out on the new outdoor seating. The staff has to walk on the gravel for service and it was a constant crunchy or grating noise during our entire dinner which was extremely annoying.

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zozobra
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very charming service, food was well prepared and delicious.

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JillV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing dinner at Persephone...love sitting out on the patio!

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Zeke
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and service was great.

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AndrewM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and caring staff. Ambience very nice. Appreciate outdoor seating.

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RobinW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wings are something I try every time I go out. The wings at Persephone are amazing. They're not fried so you don't get that breaded crunch, but they do have a crunch! They're cooked to perfection and the sauce was delicious. We had the Italiano and Tuscan sandwiches. Both were delicious. I have a walnut allergy, so they put fresh basil on the Tuscan instead of pesto. Local beers, YUM. And, the sea salt brownie sundae, OMG!!!
The server was friendly (and busy!) and attentive. We'll definitely be back.

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BcwD
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great small, local spot. Delicious food that is all local. Nice out door patio.

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DeniseS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5